Friday Photo: The world's first 'Zero Star Hotel'

Daniel Charbonnier, co-founder of Minds in Motion, an international hospitality advisory and services company, has recently partnered with concept artists Frank and Patrik Riklin to transform the 'Zero-Star Hotel' into a worldwide business opportunity. The 'Zero Star Hotel' is an art installation, a Swiss nuclear bunker converted into an 'eco-luxury' hotel that can host 14 guests in a configuration of 6 single beds and 4 double beds. Larger groups can also be accommodated in an adjacent room highlighting original military-style bunk-beds.

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Chile revises earthquake casualties down

As announcements of government screw-ups go, this is a pretty welcome one: 

The death toll from last weekend's earthquake in Chile has been revised sharply downwards, generating further criticism of the muddled official response to the crisis.

As powerful aftershocks rattled the area around the second city of Concepción today, officials said that 279 dead people had been identified. The death toll had previously been put at 802, but officials said that figure included people listed as missing but not confirmed dead. Some bodies have yet to be identified, so the 279 figure is likely to rise.

Chile's two main newspapers said the government had revised the death toll in the hard-hit Maule region down from 587 to 316.

As hard as Concepcion's been hit, 279 seems like mercifully few given the severity of the quake.